April 3, 2011

Always Wear a Condom

1 Sex No Accident Ads from Germany's MTV Rock

Promoting safe sex, MTV in Germany is using humor to inspire viewers with their funny comic-strip style ads containing the tag: "Sex is no accident. Always use a condom." See the complete ads at Grist: Hilarious cartoon ads. One of the ads features a woman in a dress riding a bike. Her dress gets caught in a bike wheel and is torn off as she happens to fall on top of a guy who was sunbathing. Grist writer Lisa Hymas writes, "We could use ads like this 'round these parts." Do you agree?

More at Grist | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Advocates Want to Outlaw Circumcisions

Tags: Safe Sex Ads, Safe Sex Psa, Public Service Ads, Always Use Condom, Sex Is No Accident

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Sold at Sam's Club

2 Recall Issued for Jennie-O Turkey Burgers

Jennie-O Turkey Store has issued a recall for almost 55,000 pounds of turkey burgers, which are possibly contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall of the raw, frozen turkey burgers on Saturday after linking the ground turkey to a salmonella outbreak affecting 10 states. The recalled product is called "All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat," and it contains a use-by date of December 23, 2011. CNN reports that the recalled turkey burgers, sold in bulk packaging containing 12 patties, were available exclusively at Sam's Club. Jennie-O has said that consumers who have the recalled turkey patties may return them to Sam's Club for a full refund.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Organically Raised Chickens Have Less Salmonella

Tags: Turkey Burger Recall, Jennie-O Turkey Burgers Recalled, Food Recalled for Salmonella, Sam's Club Food Recall, Seasonings Lean White Meat, All Natural Turkey Burgers

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Not Ideal As Preventative

3 Digoxin Reduces Prostate Cancer Risk

After screening 3,000 drugs to determine if they could inhibit prostate cancer cell growth, Researchers at Johns Hopkins showed digoxin was one of 38 drugs that reduced growth by at least half. Digoxin is derived from the foxglove plant and is used to treat heart failure. In a study of over 47,000 men, a little over 5,000 developed prostate cancer. Two percent were taking digoxin and had a 24 percent lower risk of developing the disease even after accounting for other factors. Because of the side effects such as male breast enlargement, arrhythmias, nausea, vomiting and headache its role as a chemopreventative is less than ideal. Future studies will understand how digoxin works to prevent prostate cancer in hopes that other drugs work the same way to treat prostate cancer.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Digoxin Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: Chemoprevention, Digoxin, Prostate Cancer, Fox Glove

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Obesity Protects?

4 Smoking and Weight May Be Linked to Breast Cancer

A government-funded long term study of 76,628 women found that normal weight and overweight women (BMI under 30) who smoked were at a higher risk of breast cancer compared to no added risk in obese women (BMI over 30). The longer normal weight and overweight women smoked, the higher the risk. These results surprised researchers because estrogen fuels a lot of breast cancers and fat tissue produces it. They think the risk of breast cancer from obesity is masking the smaller risk from smoking and also hypothesize the obese women die of other problems such as heart disease before cancer even develops. Researchers want to emphasize more studies need to be done before they can confirm or refute the possible relationship between smoking, weight and the risk of breast cancer.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Nipple Piercing, Smoking May Induce Breast Lesions

Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Risk Factors, Obesity, Overweight, Smoking, Weight and Smoking, Smoking and Breast Cancer

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RLS Not So Harmless

5 Restless Leg Syndrome May Increase CV Risks

A new study conducted by doctors at Mayo Clinic shows that people who suffer from restless leg syndrome (RLS) may be at an increased risk of thickened hearts which can lead to cardiac problems, stroke and death. They measured the heart thickness of 584 people diagnosed with RLS and were then put into two groups based on the frequency of the nighttime leg twitches. Participants were observed overnight and it was found that those who twitched 35 times or more during the night were more likely to have thick hearts compared to those who twitched less often. A three year follow-up found that about 25 percent with a thick heart were two times more likely to have heart problems or died. Researchers think that RLS is more likely to be a sign of heart problems than a cause.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Parkinson Drug for Restless Leg Syndrome

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, Stroke, RLS, Heart Thickness, Mayo Clinic

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Now 10 Genes Linked to Disease

6 More Gene Variants Associated with Alzheimer’s

Scientists studying the genetic basis for Alzheimer’s have found five more genes linked to the most common form of dementia bringing the total to 10. The five genetic variants, ABCA7, EPHA1, CD33 and CD2AP and MS42A are linked to an increased risk of developing the disease and researcher believe that drugs or lifestyle modifications may prevent over 60 percent of cases. Alzheimer’s is a progressive and fatal disease that attacks memory, behavior and daily cognitive function and places a huge emotional and financial burden on families and societies all over the world. These genes also demonstrate that people with Alzheimer’s have different immune systems and their brains handle cholesterol, lipids and the removal of toxic proteins differently than those who do not have it.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Alzheimer’s

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Gene Variants, ABCA7, EPHA1, CD33, CD2AP, MS42A, Dementia with Alzheimer's

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Increasing It Reverses Stiffness

7 Low Vitamin D Associated with Vascular Problems

People deficient in vitamin D are at a greater risk of stiffer arteries and decreased relaxation of the vessels according to a new study out of Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute. These conditions can lead to high blood pressure which can lead to cardiovascular disease. Of the 554 overall healthy participants in the study, 14 percent were deficient in 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the form that reflects diet and the skin’s production, having less than 20 nanograms per milliliter. Researchers measured the blood vessels’ ability to relax and enlarge so blood could flow back in and found those with a vitamin D deficiency have stiffer arteries and decreased vascular function. Increasing vitamin D via supplementation or more sunlight improved vascular health and lowered blood pressure.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Vitamin D Deficiency Doubles Risk of Stroke

Tags: Cardiovascular Disease, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency, 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, Stiff Blood Vessels, Arteries, Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute

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AS SEEN on SHARK TANK

8 First Defense Nasal Screens Subtly Filter Your Air

Allergy sufferers and germaphobes might be able to breathe a littler easier now thanks to First Defense Nasal Screens. First Defense Nasal Screens are covers that attach to your nostrils and are designed to block out airborne allergens and virus-carrying droplets. The screens are made of "nasal dust covers made of 100% breathable non-latex, skin safe material." In lab tests the nasal screens were shown to be over 99 percent effective at blocking airborne allergens and over 90 percent effective at blocking out airborne droplets. First Defense Nasal Screens are somewhat unknown as of now, but that could all change thanks to creator Joe Moore's appearance on the hit ABC show "Shark Tank" which saw him fielding record-breaking offers for his company.

More at First Defense Nasal Screens | Hat tip to Gizmag | Posted 7 years ago by Michael Hines

Previously: A Bra That Will Save Your Life in Case of Attack

Tags: Allergies, Face Mask, Nasal Screens

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